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January 2002 Newsletter

Another New Fuel Heater

    Until recently two fuel heaters have been offered by Hydrogen-Boost.  Though there is only one listed on the order page of our web site, the option has been given to customers to order an internal fuel heater that is installed into the upper radiator hose or an external heater that is a self contained unit that circulates engine coolant from the heater hose circuit.  A few weeks ago it was discovered that both of these fuel heaters, which were designed for 40 psi fuel injection systems, were too restrictive to pass enough fuel to the carburetor of a large engine with only the 4 psi fuel pressure available on those vehicles.  A new fuel heater was designed and built for those applications.  This fuel heater has larger tubing making up the heat exchanger and should solve the fuel starvation problem caused by the earlier model being used for vehicles with low pressure fuel systems.  Those of you who have reservations about the old style fuel heater not passing enough fuel to satisfy your engine or fuel pump (some pumps would make a high pitched noise with the old heater) may want to try the new style.  The total surface area of the heat exchanger inside the new fuel heater is not as much as the old fuel heater so if it is used in a fuel injected vehicle it will not raise the temperature of the fuel as high as the old style heated did.  Tests have been done to determine that with a high pressure, two or three pipe system, (fuel returns to the tank) the fuel passes through to fast and doesn’t heat up enough, unless the fuel line is restricted to allow more time inside the heat exchanger.  This can be done by squeezing the rubber fuel line with an adjustable clamp.  If the target fuel temperature can be met with this new style fuel heater, the old style will be discontinued.  The greater fuel flow of the new style fuel heater will also increase the vapors created in the tank of vehicles with a three pipe fuel system, as long as the flow is restricted enough to get the fuel temperature up to the optimum.  This should improve mileage even further.  We appreciate the patience of those of you who are adapting the Hydrogen-Boost System to carburetor equipped vehicles.  Though Hydrogen-Boost was originally designed for EFI equipped vehicles, it has proven to be successful on carburetor equipped vehicles. 

Upgraded Compact Hydrogen Generator

    Until recently our compact hydrogen generator was designed for those countries where cost was an issue and a cheaper generator was needed.  The old compact hydrogen generator was designed with fewer electrodes inside and thus could run with weaker electrolyte and would cost less, however it was less efficient.  With most of our sales efforts being in the United States, efficiency has become more important than initial cost.  For this reason we have modified our compact hydrogen-generators to have the same internal design and therefore efficiency as the full size hydrogen generators.  Because of the increased cost of production, the price for the compact hydrogen generators has been adjusted to $500 US.  Also the internal design of the sub-compact hydrogen-generator has been upgraded and the price adjusted.

January Sale
Free Fuel Heater, Magnets, XCEL Plus
Save $160

To soften the blow of the price adjustment on the compact and sub-compact hydrogen generators, for the month of January, 2002 we are offering our fuel heater free with the purchase of  any hydrogen generator.  We will even give you a set of fuel line magnets to be used on your second vehicle.  For those of you ordering direct from our web site we will also include an XCEL Plus engine treatment and the fittings required for the building of the vaporization circuit described in the Hydrogen-Boost Manual.  Total savings from this sale is a whopping $160

Discontinued Compact Hydrogen Generators $350

    We have two compact Hydrogen generators and two subcompact Hydrogen generators of the old design left over from when we updated to the new design.  Anyone interested may purchase each of these for $350 including the sale items mentioned above.  That’s the basic Hydrogen-Boost system, plus fuel heater, fuel line magnets, XCEL Plus engine treatment, and fitting for building the vaporization circuit, a $560 value for only $350.  If you would like to purchase more than one of these systems I’ll even give you your normal 20% off after the first one.  That’s only $280 each after the first system.

True Synthetic Oil

    What is “synthetic” oil?  Are all synthetic oils the same?  What is synthetic blend oil?  What is Mobil One?  Is Mobil One the same as Mobil One?  These are interesting and important questions.  Let me share with you what I have learned over the past few months.
    First, let’s go to the local auto parts store and look on the shelf and see what we find.  We see a number of relatively inexpensive brands of “oil” costing around a dollar.  These are all petroleum oils with various additives like detergents, antifoaming agents, and seal softeners.  These are much better than the petroleum oils of 40 years ago that used to turn into sludge inside your engine, but that doesn’t make them synthetic.  They are still petroleum oils. 
    On the shelf next to these cheap oils are a few brands of synthetic blends that cost part of a dollar more than the regular oils.  What I have been told by the attendants at the auto parts store is that these synthetic blends are a mix of synthetic oils (20%) and regular oils (80%).  The same blend could be obtained for about the same price by purchasing one quart of “synthetic” oil and four quarts of regular oil.
    Also on the shelf at the auto parts store are one or more “synthetic” oils like “Mobil One” and a few others, costing $4 to $5 per quart.  Is this “Mobil One” the same Mobil One that made Mobil One famous?  No.  According to a source that manufactures true synthetic oils the old way, “Mobil One” trademark has been purchased by Shell Oil and is not made the same way it was before.  Shell has its own cheap way of making synthetic oil as do most other synthetic oil manufacturers.  That process uses petroleum oil as a raw material where the original Mobil One used vegetable type oils as the raw materials.  I have little doubt that the finished product is very much different. 
    Now if you search the racing and performance community you will find very few manufacturers that make the kind of synthetic oils that are trusted by the competitors.  Two things seem to be important in analyzing synthetic oils to determine whether they are true synthetics.  Film strength and warrantee drain interval will separate the synthetics from the “synthetics.” 
    According to my source, the film strength of normal petroleum oil is around 500 psi.  This means that if you have a layer of this oil separating two smooth pieces of metal one inch square, you can apply 500 pounds of pressure on those pieces of metals squeezing them together before the pieces of metal actually touch each other.  The film strength of most “synthetics” range from as low as 700 psi to 1500 psi if you find a really good one.  The film strength of a real synthetic (made from non-petroleum raw materials) can be as high as 3000 psi.  The manufacturer of the synthetic oil offered on the Hydrogen-Boost web site reports a 3000 psi film strength.
    The second important property of a true synthetic oil is the warrantee drain interval, the number of miles driven before a complete oil change.  According to our manufacturer, they are the only company that has a warrantee drain interval of 25,000 miles.  Most “synthetics have a drain interval of 7500 miles.  That is a warrantee, not just a money back guarantee.  According to the company representative the warrantee will cover the cost of any damage done to your engine caused by the break down of the oil during the warrantee period.  This does not include damage caused by fuel dilution or excessive contamination in the oil, which are factors that cannot be controlled by the company.  This company’s Series 2000 Synthetic 0x30 motor oil carried by Hydrogen-Boost has a recommended service life of 35,000 miles before testing.
The company also offers a sample test procedure that will determine if the oil is safe to use for another 25,000 miles.  This test procedure costs $15, which is good for engines that have a large sump of oil.  For my Geo Metro, which only uses 3.5 quarts of oil it’s probably better to just change the oil at 25,000 miles.  The company representative reported the testing of their oil used in diesel engines at intervals of 25,000 miles where the oil tested safe for continued use even after 100,000 miles.  One vehicle was using the same oil after 400,000 miles but was using a bypass oil filter manufactured by this same company. 

Bypass Oil Filters and Low Restriction Air Filters

When I get the information on the bypass filters, I will report on them and probably offer them on the Hydrogen-Boost web site. 
The company also offers a low restriction, air filter that is not just an oiled cotton gauze like some other low restriction filters that are on the market.  These oiled gauze filters are indeed low restriction but they do not “filter worth a damn,” to quote the representative.  The filters I will be reporting on supposedly filter down to one micron rather than the 35 microns of most low restriction filters.

Following is a new addition to our technical information web page:

    True Synthetic Oil 0w30                                        $50   

            This synthetic oil is not made from petroleum oil as are most other so called "synthetic" oils.  The0w30 formula is a completely different formula from the 5w30 oil even from this company.  That is why it is so expensive.  However the manufacturer is the only one who carries a 25,000 mile warrantee on their synthetic oils.  In the long run it will cost less than your petroleum oil changed at the recommended 3000 mile intervals.  The fuel savings from the use of this oil will pay for itself many times over. This oil can also be used to replace your manual transmission gear oil and your differential gear oil to drastically reduce the drag in these important parts of your drive train.  Check with most NASCAR teams to see what they use.

For more information on lubricants visit a lubrication tutorial by clicking here.

Fuel Line Magnets

    Fuel line magnets are not a part of the Hydrogen-Boost System.  They are not needed with Hydrogen-Boost because the fuel heater accomplishes the same thing that fuel line magnets are claimed to accomplish (break apart the clumps of fuel molecules).

    The fuel line magnets are offered as an inexpensive alternative that may or may not increase gas mileage on your second vehicle.  Tests have proven that fuel line magnets have increased gas mileage on some vehicles.  Members of Yahoo’s supercarbs e-group have studied these devices at length with some success.  We at Hydrogen-Boost have not done thorough test on the effects of fuel line magnets and can make no claim of their effectiveness.  They are offered because we have had numerous requests for them and have made it a point to accommodate our customers as best we can.

    To install the fuel line magnets on your second vehicle simply take a matched pair of magnets (ones that will stick to each other) and place them around a section of your fuel line close to the carburetor or injectors.  Be sure to place them on a section of the fuel line that is not made of steel (the magnets do not individually stick to it).  A rubber or plastic section is good or a metal section that is not attracted by magnets will work.  If the magnets are placed on a steel section of the fuel line the magnetic flux will not penetrate the steel and affect the fuel. 

    We include two pairs of magnets for your experimentation.  You can try both on the same vehicle or try each pair on separate vehicles.  We would appreciate your feedback on the effectiveness of these magnets.  E-mail results to h2boost@adelphia.net and we will publish them in our monthly e-mail newsletter.  Thank you and enjoy your Hydrogen-Boost system.

Hydrogen-Boost with Diesel Engines

    Many have asked if Hydrogen-Boost will work on diesel powered vehicles.  The answer is yes and no.   All of the components of the Hydrogen-Boost System will help increase the mileage of diesel powered vehicles, but the use of the hydrogen generator itself may not always cause an increase in mileage in diesels, depending on the internal design of the combustion chamber.  As stated in the November newsletter, the addition of hydrogen accelerates the flame spread from the spark plug to the far reaches of the combustion chamber.  In a diesel engine there is no spark plug because ignition is caused by compression.  In most diesel engines, however, there is a sharp point where ignition is designed to commence but on others the ignition is generally dispersed already and so would not need the hydrogen to spread the flame.  On  these latter designs hydrogen would have minimal effect, but on the specific point ignition designs the hydrogen would have similar effects as in a gasoline engine.  In addition to increase in efficiency, hydrogen has already been proven in tests to help reduce the harmful exhaust emissions.  Appreciable gains in mileage are also achieved by implementing the other components of the Hydrogen-Boost system on a diesel powered vehicle.  If you or a friend is considering Hydrogen-Boost (without the hydrogen) for a diesel vehicle, the remainder of the system can be installed for as little as $225 including fuel heater, XCEL Plus engine treatment, synthetic oil, and operator’s manual.  Purchase of this package will still qualify you to become a Hydrogen-Boost dealer.

Helpful Hints From Our Readers

I wish to pass on my simple but effective efficiency boost for my air conditioner: I  insulate wrap the 'cold' a/c line from the a/c compressor to the firewall.  This includes the dryer.  I noticed condensation from the cold lines, and saw it as wasted cooling power.  My a/c runs cooler, and thus more efficiently; more cycling into the off mode.   The insulation wrap I use is self adhesive foil and foam pipe wrap.
In our January 2002 newsletter I reported that according to my source ““Mobil One” trademark has been purchased by Shell Oil and is not made the same way it was before.”
That was incorrect.  The company that purchased Mobil One is Exxon not Shell.  Please forgive me for the mistake. 

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